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    Curious what lights others are using for tracking. Grew up using maglite and have recently been using whatever led light that was in the truck. Had three of us on a prolonged recovery on Thursday night and found it amazing how one light (brightest) was best on wet blood but washed out dry blood. The two lesser lights took more time to see wet but found dry. Any particular light worth buying?

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    I’ve been using a Ryobi rechargeable light that’s like carrying the sun in your hand.

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    I keep a fatmax spotter in the truck charged up and ready to go.

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    Using a dewalt rechargeable and it is so much brighter than maglite. Prob similar to the ryobi.

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    Coon hunting light.

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    Get you a Dji matrice 30t.

    You can find the deer without having to do all the walking and tracking.

    Was the deer found?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck the Duck Slayer View Post
    Get you a Dji matrice 30t.

    You can find the deer without having to do all the walking and tracking.

    Was the deer found?
    Yes. Double lung shot but no broken shoulder, and she had friends to run with.

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    I have a ledlenser head lamp that is 3500 lumens that does the truck for me. Heavy as hell. I will down grade some next time to a lighter model.

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    I've been using a thermal monocular and it has helped. Someone tracks while I scan.

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    Bigger bullet. Bigger entrance and exit holes make it so much easier.
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    I use my nine year old son. He is lower to the ground and can see blood that isn’t even there. His nose isn’t great though. Led lights from Lowe’s when they’re on sale is what we have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Time View Post
    I use my nine year old son. He is lower to the ground and can see blood that isn’t even there. His nose isn’t great though. Led lights from Lowe’s when they’re on sale is what we have.
    I would have kept that to myself now someone is going to want to borrow him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Time View Post
    I use my nine year old son. He is lower to the ground and can see blood that isnít even there. His nose isnít great though. Led lights from Loweís when theyíre on sale is what we have.
    This is great info. I live/hunt in Camden. Send me his rates. Iím sure Iíll need him!

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    I am serious about bigger bullets. My 35rem has always left a good blood trail. Started hunting with 35 Whelen last year. I made one back double lung on purpose, coworker from islands wanted shoulders and hams whole. I knew the buck would run. I was following frothy blood and chunks of lung tissue for 100yds. My hunting buddy’s 6.5cred has been a bit of a challenge more than once. His muzzle velocity is only 2400fps thou because of short barrel. He is switching to lighter bullets to up his muzzle velocity.


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    Yellow light shows blood better than white led lights

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    Quote Originally Posted by mello_collins View Post
    I am serious about bigger bullets. My 35rem has always left a good blood trail. Started hunting with 35 Whelen last year. I made one back double lung on purpose, coworker from islands wanted shoulders and hams whole. I knew the buck would run. I was following frothy blood and chunks of lung tissue for 100yds. My hunting buddy’s 6.5cred has been a bit of a challenge more than once. His muzzle velocity is only 2400fps thou because of short barrel. He is switching to lighter bullets to up his muzzle velocity.
    I double lunged a doe at 96 yds with a 430gr conical from a 50cal muzzleloader. She ran 50 yards and not a drop of blood. I shot a 6 point with a 243 and looked like i was pouring out a gut bucket so that isnt always the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theoldblackdog View Post
    This is great info. I live/hunt in Camden. Send me his rates. I’m sure I’ll need him!
    He has found a bunch of our deer. He doesn’t like briars though.��

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    I have a UV blood light......Fortunately I haven't had to use it. I do keep at least 3 powerful flashlights in my truck all season. I walk in and out with a stylus green light flashlight always pointed at the ground to not disturb the woods. I've found "no blood" trail deer with a powerful flashlight by walking and scanning the woods around me. Usually you will pickup a white belly or a glint of a green eyeball. I like 400 lumens and up flashlights.

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    Hand-eye coordination is a lot better than head-eye coordination, so I do not like head lamps for tracking as you have to limit your eyes to where your head is pointing; much prefer a lantern or good flashlight where your hand-eye coordination takes over.

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    Hard to beat an old Coleman lantern. Probably for the same reason Sportin' Woodies mentioned. It puts out a more "yellow light" if you don't crank it all the way up. They get hot though, and are a pain to carry when you're trying to drag a deer out.

    I have a couple of the Coast brand rechargeable LEDs from Lowes that have an even beam and work pretty good. No dark circles on the ground, just even light.

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